Daniel J. Buzzetta

Partner

New York
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Overview

With more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, Dan Buzzetta is an advocate, counselor and strategist for his clients. Dan maintains a nationwide litigation practice that cuts across varied industries and subject matters, and involves all facets of litigation from pre-litigation counseling to appellate review. By way of example, Dan has litigated commercial contract disputes; business torts; securities cases; shareholder and partnership disputes; class actions; banking, antitrust, construction and real estate matters; RICO cases; consumer fraud, deceptive trade practice and trademark cases; and employment cases. Dan’s practice also includes conducting internal corporate and regulatory investigations on behalf of management, directors and special committees, and he is a certified Part 36 New York State Supreme Court Receiver. Dan has successfully tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and in domestic and international arbitrations, and has argued appeals in appellate courts, including in the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

Dan is an experienced and skilled advocate and writer, with a knack for breaking down complex concepts in a clear, accessible way. Valued for his judgment, Dan partners with his clients to understand their business, challenges and objectives, and provides cost-effective, practical business-minded strategies to protect their interests inside and outside the courtroom. Because Dan is singularly focused on his clients’ goals and success, and never loses sight of the impact litigation has on their business and bottom line, Dan’s clients repeatedly turn to him for advice and counsel on their most important matters. 

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Class Action
  • Defended national waste management company in multiple putative class actions alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Commercial Business Torts and Securities Litigation 
  • Representing private placement agent in securities fraud litigation.

Banking
  • Represented banking regulators defending claims of unlawful closure of federally chartered financial institution involved in fraudulent banking practices.

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Experience

Class Action
  • Defended national waste management company in multiple putative class actions alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices.

  • Defended national broker-dealer in putative class actions concerning alleged securities violations, employment practices and violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of class action antitrust complaint against national waste management company.

  • Obtained dismissal of putative class action against securities firm in favor of single-plaintiff arbitration before FINRA.

Commercial Business Torts and Securities Litigation 
  • Representing private placement agent in securities fraud litigation.

  • National coordinating counsel representing large public company in litigation in multiple states involving claims of deceptive trade practices, tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract and anticompetitive conduct, resulting in successful critical injunctive relief in two courts.

  • Defended nutraceutical company in litigation against a shareholder in federal court, and prosecuted related trademark infringement in arbitration, resulting in relinquishment of shareholder's stock and monetary settlement of infringement claim.

  • Represented industry broker in a breach of contract dispute against manufacturer of airplane component parts before the International Center for Dispute Resolution resulting in a multimillion-dollar settlement.

  • Obtained dismissal of civil RICO claims on behalf of real estate developer.

  • Represented court-appointed trustees of liquidating trust in securities litigation and global asset tracing resulting in worldwide recoveries of more than $200 million.

  • Member of trial team in federal district court representing biomedical company in litigation involving unfair trade practices and breach of noncompete and nondisclosure agreements.

  • Represented international construction firm concerning payment dispute, lien claims, defective design and construction claims, and surety claims.

  • Advised leading independent power producer on litigation avoidance and strategy concerning $310 million power plant in the Dominican Republic.

  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of trustee of a bankrupt publicly held technology company concerning claims of fiduciary malfeasance and fraud by former owners and directors.

  • Represented e-commerce company investigated by New York Attorney General.

Banking
  • Represented banking regulators defending claims of unlawful closure of federally chartered financial institution involved in fraudulent banking practices.

  • Represented banking regulators asserting professional liability and fraud claims against advisors of federally chartered financial institution concerning $450 million project finance loan for the development of cogeneration power plant in New York State.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction (2017 to 2020)
  • International Bar Association
  • The Fund for Modern Courts

Pro Bono

  • Has handled numerous cases for Her Justice (formerly inMotion), an organization which provides legal services to low-income women in New York City.

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Clerk Intern for the Honorable Kevin T. Duffy, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1992)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1994; Associate Editor, Fordham Urban Law Journal; Member, Fordham Moot Court Board
  • B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Tufts University, 1991

Languages

  • Italian
  • Spanish